I pause in my Saturday festivities to make a blog post on Small Business Saturday, which follows the more flashy Black Friday. Quite frankly, I am not inclined to shop on any Big Day, because I prefer to avoid crowds. However, being Mohawk Valley Girl, as I am, I felt it would behoove me to get out and support a few of our wonderful Mohawk Valley entrepreneurs.
The sticky wicket was that I had a headache and was in kind of a poopy mood (not literally; don’t go yelling TMI at me). Additionally, it was pouring rain. I usually try not to let the weather bother me, but today I felt… dampened. However, I got myself out the door shortly after 10 a.m. and headed to Little Falls. There was a lot going on in Little Falls, because Little Falls is really good at these things, in addition to having many excellent local businesses. My ambition to shop took a nosedive when as I got to Little Falls I remembered I had not taken the postcards and letter I wrote to the post office before I left Herkimer. Damn!
I hate to admit it, but I only made it to the Community Co-op in Little Falls. Sorry, Little Falls! I’ll make it back one day soon, shop at lots of places and write a better blog post.
Driving back through Herkimer, I remembered that Original Herkimer Cheese in Ilion was having a Holiday Open House. I managed to find it. I sampled and purchased some cheese. I must write a fuller blog post about that place. Next I went to one of my all-time favorite places, Ilion Farmer’s Market at Clapsaddle Farm. I had a great conversation with folk artist Jim Parker and bought some pickles and tomatoes.
By now I was in kind of a better mood, and it had stopped raining. Driving back through Ilion I checked out Honey Brook Hobbies and Sweet Temptations, another place I must make a complete blog post about. Then I made a stop at Ilion Wine & Spirits, another of my favorite places. Heading back to Herkimer, I made one more stop at T & J’s Fruits and Vegetables.
So I did a lot, but I guess I’m not up for writing a lot about it. In my defense, I spent some time working on the murder mystery I’m writing for Herkimer County Historical Society, so I’m not a complete bum. Call me a partial bum, and have a nice Saturday.